Parking continues to pose problems for students and faculty alike


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As most students know, parking can be quite a problem at Skyline for everyone on campus. Many students looking for parking see a string of cars and parking spots blocked off for the Automotive Department’s use only. The Automotive Department cars are there because there is no place else for them to be parked with the construction going on. “They are not like a book, computer, etc., and cannot be left on a table, placed in a cabinet, or stored in the back room,” said Rick Escalambre in an email interview, professor and coordinator for Skyline’s automotive program. The Auto Department uses the cars on a regular basis with students working on more than one car at a time. Just like the students, the Auto Department has lost much of its parking space as well. “Due to the current construction taking place in our area, we have lost 15 parking spaces within our automotive area,” said Escalambre. “During the last year, we have disposed of, or re-donated over 20 vehicles to help reduce the parking congestion in the student parking lot.” The weight of parking problems does not fall squarely on the shoulders of the automotive department. In fact, during this semester, a few lots have been added to help with the congestion. Lot 11, which is down by the soccer field, is an example, and the lot behind the children’s center for the overflow of parking is another. With the addition of these spaces, Victoria Morrow, Skyline’s President, feels that the pressure of finding space to park has gone down since last fall. However, she had this to say: “That doesn’t mean that the student who comes rushing in at the last moment for a ten o’clock class and wants to park in close is going to be able to do that. They are probably going to need to allow a little extra time.” Morrow also feels that as the many construction projects come to an end, parking will improve quite a bit. When the construction is completed, there will be about five hundred new spaces. But that, according to Morrow, is quite a few years out. “I would love for this to be a place where a student can always find handy parking, no drama, no worries, no stress, just park your car and go to class,” said Morrow.